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inauguration 2013. obama spoke. sasha yawned. beyonce sang, boehner went wept, and we were able to see what an inauguration party looked like. last saturday was gun appreciation day lead to go five accidental shootings nationwide. next saturday it's running with scissors appreciate day. today is the birthday of attorney general eric holder, j master j and 36 years ago my friends president jimmy carter pardoned the vietnam war draft evaders. and george w bush, dick cheney and mitt romney didn't show up. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> john: good evening, i'm john fugelsang. this is "viewpoint." thank you for spending your martin luther king jr. holiday with us. president obama marked his second inauguration at president with a speech that was less lofty and a lot of more lefty than his first time around. after taking the oath of office from chief justice john roberts mr. obama outlined a wish-list of progressive policies and programs for the next four years and called for collective action to put them in practice. >> obama: now more than ever we must do these things together as one nation and one
john boehner thinks differently. he responded by saying, quote, the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. >>> these pens are designed to be used only by one person, but an investigation discovered that many of them were used on multiple people. >>> are you in hawaii or going there anytime soon? surfers, beware. check out this video. it's a real-life jauss. two sharks were swimming dangerously close to the show. can you believe it? look at that. you could wade in and be bitten, eaten. last year there were a total of 11 shark attacks in hawaii. >> that's what i call dangerously close. >> oh, my goodness. >> so some people in the southeast waking up to the dual danger of flooding and ice. alexandra steele in the weather center. good morning. >> good morning, guys. each snow potentially for you around new york city. >> trifecta. >> there you go. we'll see it all. here's why, zoraida. what we've got is the stalled front and along the front we've got everything from rain, sleet, even freezing rain that will become a
$42 billion to a positive $851 million in under four years. john boehner, can you hear me now? he cut back on medicaid welfare program medical californias voted to approve an extra $6 billion in tax revenue. politicians and voters working together. a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases to cut down a dangerous deficit. why can't anyone in dc come to the table with a simple obvious proposal? >> obama: if we combine a balanced package of savings from spending on healthcare and revenues from closing loopholes we can solve the deficit issue. >> john: joining me now is wahini varra, california politics reporter for the wall street journal. thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> does that mean that he's doing things right? >> he had decent approving ratings after a while. but after this effort to pass taxes, his approval ratings went up. he's more popular now than he has ever been in california, a little bit surprisingly. >> when you consider all the negative stereotypes that we heard groaning up. when i was growing up he was governor moon beam, and how unbalanced
we offered speaker boehner. it is public. $400 billion in health care savings we offered, and $200 billion of additional cuts in domestic spending and a trillion dollars in savings and look at where we started the negotiated process and the speaker, we went more than halfway. >> chris: is the president still willing to adjust the cost of living increase for entitlements, is he still willing to raise the eligibility age for medicare? are those still on the table? >> i will not talk about specifics that may be in the package. it is will report in the discussions with speaker boehner we were willing to entertain the cost of living adjustment. but, the overall package, we put over a trillion dollars including the proposal on cpi. over a trillion dollars, in spending cuts. now, some of the republicans say they don't want revenue. speaker boehner himself said there was $800 million of revenue, simply from closing corporate loopholes an loopholes for the wealthy. surely there is additional revenue we can get from closing loopholes, not rates, that was done -- dealt with at the end of the
've been opposed by a majority of republicans in the house, but not of the whole house and speaker boehner, to his credit, has been allowing a coalition to come together and i hope what happens is that the main stream conservativism of the republican party continue to fight back. >> he hopes the republican party remains divided so democrats can get something done. >> no, i hope the conservatives in the republican party assert themselves the way they have in the last three votes and work with us and marginalize their eextreme wing. >> i have to tell you. >> i think that's the same thing. >> i disagree a little bit with congressman. i happen to be one of the great stream republicans which comes from the main state of ohio which is the epicenter of the universe. secondly, mrs. pelosi becomes the speaker with president obama and there wasn't any bipartisanship. there was ramming through the stimulus and there was ramming through of cap and trade and no amendments, no discussions. boehner has reopened that up. this is a new beginning, the president's second term and if both sides take the view
bickering gets put aside. do these guys like each other or do they not like each other? mr. boehner said something rather strong about harry reid. we assume that kind of language was not used in the white house this morning, but can they really get along and do what needs to get done? >> there is -- there are pockets of enmity that are quite well-known. what's really wonderful about washington, and this day is going to be full of this, is that you can have members, particularly on the senate floor, that can just bash each other. john has had a bird's-eye view of this. during the day with key issues of state at risk, and at the end of the day they can go off to the moncle and have a drink or a steak and so -- >> although a lot less than used to take place. >> that's true. >> jill biden, the vice president's wife, the second lady of the united states, begins her way down to the podium. >> i think there is more partisanship about to break out. >> call it bipartisanship. >> maybe i'm caught up in the spirit of the day. >> explain. >> i'll explain. >> and where do you see that? >> i have some
house is for the worse. mr. obama and john boehner are barely on speaking terms. host: that is the "wall street journal's" take on what is ahead for the second term for president obama. then the "baltimore sun" -- host: so that vote taking place on wednesday in the house. about our coverage, here is the "baltimore sun" this morning. they note in here -- host: we're getting your thoughts on the second term and the inaugural address. beverly, north carolina, democratic caller. good morning. caller: his speech was wonderful. and i think now, at last, he has come into himself. four years ago, his speech was mostly about -- we will just say he came to office believing that he could join people together, that there were no blue or red states, just the united states. well, republicans surely through what i call a monkey wrench into that. so i really believe now that he changes his strategy and he believes and sees diversity. he's going to tackle it. i think he is now going to fight for the democratic legacy, for people with social security and medicare. he is going to be himself now. that is wh
in the capitol the president, speaker john boehner, majority leader harry reid and a few others. you can imagine what the atmosphere will be like given a lot of words that have flown back and work, particularly between speaker boehner and majority leader reed. for a little more insight on all this, i contacted andy card, president george bush's first white house chief of staff. he was here the day of the inauguration back in 2001 and told me he expects there may be a bit of a similar atmosphere to that of 12 years ago. here's what he told me. >> i suspect it will probably be a lot like the atmosphere that george w. bush experienced in his first term of office. it was a little bit chilly and cold, but at the same time, you can't help but be wrapped up in the excitement of an inauguration. >> andy card also told me he was one of those republicans, although he didn't support president obama, he was very excited for historic reasons about his inauguration back in 2009. i have spoken to a number of republicans over the past few days about the excitement of the inauguration. they all said they will be
% of americans approve of the job he's doing as president. only 26% approve of the republican party. john boehner has an 18% approval rating. the tea party, 9% approval rating. this is a movement, this is a party in retreat and that's why the president did what he did yesterday. >> let's look at that. best case scenario would be to have two strong parties and a great national conversation and great sense of balance. i understand how you could read the speech as i won, ha-ha, and also, could be seen as this is what the country is telling me. how do we get the other points of view in there. maybe perhaps -- this is the hard part, extract what i think is dying and what i think you think is dying, that is the extremist part of that. >> the extreme part of the republican party is in retreat and just as bill buckley chased john birchers out of the conservative movement in the 1960s, so, too, will these extremists be chased out of the mainstream of the republican party. they will evolve or they will die. it's that simple. i'm not so sure the president can say, katty kay, this is what the american people
boehners and the mitch mcconnells and say in the search for common ground, i hear what you guys are saying? >> look, i think the whole theme of this speech was that throughout our history we've had very, very significant differences and we've been able to work through those differences and of course, you know, you're a student of history, now we've gone through more significant eras of dissent and disagreement than this. his point was we can come together. the point on absolutism though, is we can't come together if we are unyielding and unbending in our points of view. >> why so little talk about jobs and the economy? >> well, i think if you looked at the opening passages of the president's speech he talked about building an economy in which opportunity abounds, in which people can get ahead. that's the fundamental question and obviously jobs is a -- is an essential issue for our country, but also, building an economy which those jobs pay and which people can get ahead, that's fundamental. i mean, we have a state of the union speech this three weeks in which he'll have an opportunity to l
, and john boehner will be headed over there. first, president obama began with the slogan hope and change. then he got a jolt of washington reality. we'll take a look back at the some times rocky road of the first term. >> we've seen that crowd building, craig. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the crowd, indeed, has been growing throughout the morning. say hello. say hello. before you get from the u.s. capital behind me, the less it is like an inauguration, the more it is like a block party/picnic. folks from texas, buffalo, new york, who have said several times this is far from cold. i do want to -- where are you from? >> from new jersey. >> reporter: from new jersey. first inauguration? >> yes, it is. >> reporter: what brings you out? >> obama all the way. >> reporter: how about you? where are you from? >> trenton, new jersey. >> reporter: oh, this is all jersey here? i should have known by the rowdiness. and where are you guys from? >> atlanta, georgia. >> reporter: from atlanta. sorry about the falcons but welcome to d.c. >> it's all good. thank you. >> reporter: first
to bring us together. >> house speaker john boehner is meeting with the house republican conference right now. according to a source in the room boehner is calling for the republican party to present a budget that balances the federal budget in 10 years. given where democrats and republicans have been on that issue, republicans against any type of increases in taxes you can imagine all that would come through spending cuts and not be all that acceptable to democrats on capitol hill. so recall tore there will be a vote in the house to extend the debt ceiling until may 19th. that is contingent both houses of congress passing a budget. something that senate majority leader harry reid said is a big step forward for republicans. they're not calling for any spending decreases in this debt ceiling increase. the white house put out a statement said it would not oppose a short-term debt deal though neither getting real specific whether or not they would actually agree to what the house is hoping to pass tomorrow. back to you. david: rich, reading through that, frankly didn't take too long to read
it. but i think what you're seeing is speaker boehner knows this isn't a viable tactic. i think mr. ryan knows it's not a viable tactic. but there's a lot in the republican conference that continue to see this doomsday kind of approach as a viable approach. and i think that cooler heads are starting to prevail on the republican side. and that's a good thing. >> and you are part of this no labels coalition wanting to reach across the aisle. but let me read to you what david brooks wrote. polarization is too deep, special interests are too strong. the negotiators are too rusty. republicans are not going to give up their vision of a low-tax america. democrats are not willing to change the current entitlement programs. so realistically, do you really believe that the next four years are going to be different than the last four years? >> well, you know, i don't have a prediction. i have a job. and my job is to try to solve problems. and the only way ultimately we're going to solve problems is having some common ground and working together. in fact, the fiscal cliff, john boehner did som
boehner when he was up for re-election. he is still speaker. what is your advice to him what his strategy should be to deal with the president and actually also get anything done? >> i think if they want to go with a clean debt ceiling race, he has to mike a final resolution. the public, not the republicans, the public wants spending cuts. he needs to go along with sequestration and find ways to cut government, shows that republicans are doing anything. boehner is a survivor, not really a leader. >> we'll have more after this break on the two presidents. what are the president's biggest challenges he faces going into this second term? stay with us. at 1:45, the aflac duck was brought in with multiple lacerations to the wing and a fractured beak. surgery was successful, but he will be in a cast until it is fully healed, possibly several months. so, if the duck isn't able to work, how will he pay for his living expenses? aflac. like his rent and car payments? aflac. what about gas and groceries? aflac. cell phone? aflac, but i doubt he'll be using his phone for quite a while cause like i sa
. >> john: a few moments ago, speaker of the house john boehner entered, the most tan man in washington, d.c. in january. john mccain. >> jennifer: john mccain talking with dianne feinstein, i'm sure about gun control. cutting a deal right there. >> john: it is rather unseasonably warm today. i'm thankful for that for the folks who are there. >> jennifer: tammy baldwin. >> john: yesterday i was shocked at how warm it was. a lot of folks were expressing confusion as to why the president was sworn in yesterday. the constitution requires, of course, the president be sworn in on january 20th. since federal buildings and courthouses are closed on sunday, the ceremony is still scheduled for today on the 21st which happens to be dr. king's holiday. the president's second term officially began at 12:00 noon eastern time yesterday. >> led by kevin mccarthy. >> jennifer: john dingell. god bless him. longest serving member of congress. over 50 years. his father served in congress, too. he has it in his blood. >> john: this is like the oscars for political. >> macy's day parade coverage. instead of bl
boehner, eric cantor, the number two republican in the house, and mitch mcconnell, the republican leader in the senate, are at the white house right now having coffee with the president. do you think that there really is a chance that there can be some sort of a get together, bipartisan effort, something we haven't seen thus far? >> you know, not on everything, bob, but on some things for sure. not just because people are becoming enlightened, but because of their self-interest. if you look at your own polling and the polling that we have seen in the last few days, the republican party is trading at record lows. the congress at almost record lows. the strategy of obstruction has not been worked well for the republican party. that's why i think you saw them retreat from the plan to push this debt ceiling issue immediately upon returning to work. so i think that there's a prospect for getting some things done. certainly on issues like immigration reform. there's a powerful impetus for there to be progress. i think we can make some. >> david, thank you very much. you're going to be leaving
," national review lisa merckowski, even john boehner seem to be budging a bit on this. >> the republicans in congress are in two camps. those who will vote no and those who will vote hell, no. i'm afraid they have a nigh eave attitude of the consequences of using this tactic. it is a tactic of economic mass destruction. it is also ineffective. they may succeed in using their power to default on the debt and the question for them is whether they'll have the restraint not to use it. but if they do, there is going to be a ferocious market reaction that will pistol whip congress into doing the obligation that america has that's to pay its bills. it is a bad tactic that will do an immense amount of damage and won't succeed. but unfortunately, when i talked to my republican colleagues, they have enormous confidence this is "the leverage they need." >> john: to never be elected again. let me throw you out the number one argument i get from my republican loved ones. what about the argument that president obama himself voted against raising the debt ceiling under president bush when he was a senat
boehner, the republican majority leader, eric cantor. the people that he will be doing battle with, just after this is done. but this is the moment for unity. and talking to the president's aides about what he hopes to convey in this speech, he will acknowledge the deep divisions, the deep political divisions, that dominated so much of his first term. he'll talk about, despite those divisions, we have to come together to do what we can. >> i'm looking at the scene now, we all are together, as the president comes out of church. we see sasha with him, who yesterday told him, he didn't mess up. at the other -- malia will be coming in soon. i think we're all struck at the difference in four years, as we look at them. and remembering that four years ago, at this moment, the president had just been released the nuclear codes. in the white house, they were scrambling to put toys on the beds for the girls, organizing a scavenger hunt to find their ways around. >> today, after the ceremony, they'll just be going home. it's been their home for the last four years. the president's family getting in
's much harder for the president to oppose them. >> speaker boehner said yesterday that the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. so do you disagree with speaker boehner? >> i think that if you get involved in a fight over the debt ceiling, and talking about defaulting which is what the consequences if the president's truly stubborn the congress is truly stubborn you get a default. at that point the pressure in the congress becomes a dead loser. all these different groups come together and say you have to pass this. i don't think we should pick fights where we are in a position where we can't, in fact in the end force our will. we have no evidence that barack obama will compromise. nothing he's done in the last couple months would imply that he's going to compromise. >> therefore do you agree that the president is right no in the negotiating? >> no, i think the president's wrong but it's a fact. i think this president is deliberately seeking confrontation, i think he's going out of his
of sequencing, the critical question is the house, and john boehner twice in the last few weeks has had to bring a bill to the floor that a majority of house republicans oppose. that doesn't happen very often. likely on immigration, you can get 60 votes for comprehensive reform, probably puts bainer in t the same position. there are only so many times you can do that and remain speaker. the important sequencing has begun with the sandy and fiscal cliff votes. >> we'll stick with the metaphor. warming in cooperation or chilly confrontation? >> the incentives nationally for republicans are to do something about immigration. but if you are -- your average house member up there, you just won your district. probably did not support barack obama, and frankly your incentives are not aligned with the national party. you don't care about whether chrissis chriss christie or marco rubio gets support. pundits and grassroots and a lot of members will decide the issue in the house of representatives. >> big challenges for the president and internally. ahead on "starting point," we've heard about the second te
that on capitol hill, and when speaker boehner gave a toast a few moments ago at the traditional luncheon between the president and the congressional leaders he spoke about coming together. take a listen. >> in the spirit of harmony i'm proud to present the flags that flew over this battalion of democracy today, to president obama and vice president joe biden. to you gentleman, i say, congratulations and godspeed. >>reporter: the real test whether they can come together is not today with the porch and circumstance but more likely next month with the president going back to capitol hill to deliver the state of the union address. he will have more details on immigration reform, the deficit reduction plan with sharp differences between the parties. they are talking about coming together today but there will be a lot of major policy battles in the days ahead. people have been waiting on pennsylvania av parade to come by and they cannot wait to see the president. the pomp and circumstance will carry the day for now; the policy for another day. >>shepard: i work in new york and you in washington and on
be different. house speaker boehner quote house economies of jurisdiction will review these recommendations and if senate passes a bill, we'll also take a look at that, turning it over as if it's infectious. as for the national rifle association, it accused the president of missing the point of the newtown tragedy saying attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy. here's what happens the president offers 23 proposals and a series of gun control laws without taking anyone's guns away while pushing for memory healthcare proving the nra my friends, can't take yes for an answer. the nra ad which attacked the president for putting his daughters above everyone else's children. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools? when his kids are protected by armed guards at thinks schools. mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxe
to raise the debt ceiling. speaker boehner is expected to give a news conference later toda today. >> there are a lot of deadlines in washington for investors to keep track of, they each carry their own risk. let me walk you through what we are expecting. starting tomorrow on wednesday, the house republicans say they're going to have a vote to extend the debt ceiling. they say they will raise the $16.4 trillion cap enough to extend the debt ceiling to mid-may. on march 1st, you have the sequester, when the spending cuts will kick in. about $85 billion of cuts automatically to defense and domestic spending. the risk there is a drag to the gdp. on the 27th, current law on the government funding runs out that forces a drama over a continuing resolution, or you face the risk of a government shut down. on april 15th, that's the date by which the house would force congress to pass a budget or see their pay cut. the risk there, of course, is members of congress might have to go quite some time without a paycheck. tyler? >> thank you very much, eamonn. >>> the gop originally wanted to tie
on inaugural ceremonies, chuck schumer, the speaker of the house of representatives, john boehner, house majority leader, eric cantor and house minority leader, nancy pelosi. [ applause ] >> president obama having arrived at the platform, greeting both of his daughters and his wife and mother-in-law. you see behind him, there is vice president biden, chuck schumer, chair of the inaugural committee is the first person we'll hear from and call proceedings to order. and then it unfolds like the greatest graduation ceremony ever. >> rachel, there's a moment when the new president takes over, like when reagan took over from carter, when the chief of secret service walks behind one guy to the other guy, it is pretty creepy. it is pretty creepy when you're the guy losing protection, but nicely enough, it will be the same guy there. >> jerry ford was the first president who upon leaving office from the inauguration of the new president, jimmy carter, decided to leave by helicopter, seen as a rather odd way to leave on the way, but every president has followed that tradition. it is a dramatic way
connell. speaker boehner and congressman eric cantor. i confirmed that. with each of their offices. a nice bipartisan tradition and good way to kick off a new term. those of you discussing he does not do enough socializing with leaders, here he is doing just that. he's been with -- the wives, vice president biden and his wife has been there as has the first lady. they will then head in the motorcade and make their way up here to the capitol where they will go into a hold for about an hour before the president speaks. >> senator john kerry arriving at the capitol. there's senator kerry. >> confirmation hearings. secretary of state. >> this is the entrance you see usually in the wide shots of the white house. not the back side with the rounded edge. but a flat-wide front of the white house. >> there you see senator kerry on the right. >> one of the big differences when you have a change of power, you know, current president greets the new president and one of the traditions is he leaves a note. that doesn't happen this time. president obama doesn't need to leave himself a note about the seco
leverage, right? that was something that boehner tried to do with his whole plan "b" during the tax thing. and when he couldn't do that, then suddenly he lost all leverage. so that's the name of the game number one. and then the second part is what david was talking about there, which is they are trying to figure out how to basically move away from the debt limit as a part of this argument, and that's -- it's easier said than done. they know where they should be having this spending argument, and that is with funding the government. whether they can get the rank and file to that place is another story. and that's why the white house's strategy is go ahead and pass something. you've got that whole dollar-for-dollar spending cuts to debt limit, go ahead and give it a shot. see how you come up with it because the white house doesn't believe that boehner can pass a bill that even meets his own standard of dollar for dollar. >> and i would just add, i think the view among top republicans, republican leaders, is that the well is so poisoned by president obama. i mean, this goes beyond, you know
. with boehner, mcconnell and obama, you would be interested to see if they'll take any business. >> people that have had very public disagreements over key issues in the last several weeks or months alone. you have to wonder what the tone in that room might be. >> reporter: especially with mcconnell. it's never been a warm relationship. the president and mitch mcconnell have had exactly one meeting in the first term, one on one together. and yet mitch mcconnell might be the most important republican on capitol hill. he and vice president biden have a great relationship. >> as we watch these limousines headed to st. john's church, it's a short rooi, we expect the president to get out shortly. tell us about the inauguration speech. we remember the one four years ago. do you expect it to be a scaled-back speech this time around? >> reporter: realistic hope is probably the way to put it. the public wants -- they do know that while we may be cynical to the message of breaking the g d gridlock and the divisiveness of washington, the speech is not designed for us here in washington. it's designe
hill. republican speaker of the house john boehner reacted tepidly, his spokesman putting out a statement saying they will look at the ideas and if the senate passes a bill they will look at that but no commitment to bring a bill to the house floor. >> the president had children around him during the press conference, right is. >> and many of the children were victims of gun violence themselves or were aware of victims of gun violence and wrote letters to the white house. in fact, some of these children wrote letters that the president read from, remarked upon. it was a very dramatic and emotional setting there because the children sort of making the point and reinforcing the president's point that in his view this is about protecting first graders and their rights to go to school safely as much as it is about second amendment rights for gun owners. >> thank you so much. eamon javers with the latest there. >>> boeing dragging down the dow today as yet another problem is grounding some boeing dreamliners. phil lebeau with the latest developments out of boeing. we'll speak with
to limiting high capacity magazines and tightening background checks. house speaker boehner saying only that he'll review the president's recommendations. a few republicans, though, are outright hostile, with one texas congressman threatening articles of impeachment with executives dealing with guns. the national rifle association also denounced the proposals, but is still getting far more attention for this new ad that they produced. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. protection for their kids and gun-free zones for ours. >> that ad launched yesterday. today the white house called it, quote, repugnant and cowardly. that's for you to decide. it's clear, though, highlighting nra intransigence is part of the political strategy. the new cnn/"time" magazine poll while momentum for change may be starti
and tightening background checks. how speaker, boehner, saying he will review the president's recommendations. one texas congressman threatening articles of impeachments over executive orders dealing with guns. the national rifle association getting far more attention for this new ad this they produced. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools? mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes but he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. protection for their kids and gun-free zones for ours. >> that ad launched today. the white house called it repugnant and cow ardly. highlighting nra intransigence is part of the strategy. momentum for change may be starting to fade. 56% now favor an assault weapons ban compared to 62% immediately after newtown. 58% support a ban on extended magazines. last month, that was 62%. however, expanded background checks remains popular with 87% supporting checks on gun show purchas
think we'd want to look at the language on that. john boehner's tone and his body language and everything i heard him say at the retreat in williamsburg, he and our leadership team was all about how we pull our conference together and work together. i don't think you'll see another bill come to the floor that's got that large a number of democrat votes we've seen in the past. i think it's going to be a republican agenda that he drives, and i think it's about unifying our conference. >> what about gun control? >> that's another situation that's rolling out in front of us. both of these issues, immigration and gun control, one of them, the immigration, was launched the morning after the election, before they actually analyzed the election polls. i think some republicans overreacted. gun control, the same thing. those people that wanted to confiscate guns, the anti-second amendment people took an opportunity as soon as the sandy hook tragedy took place. both of these things will be stretched out over time and come together. that's the only thing that should get to the presiden
he did play a friendly round of golf with house speaker john boehner in 2011. >> i like speaker boehner personally. when we went out and played golf, we had a great time. >> reporter: but mr. obama was quick to add it didn't help to solve the budget impasse. will things be any different when the president begins his second term next week? he seemed to hint they might be. >> now that my girls are older, they don't want to spend as much time with me anyway, aisle probably be calling around to look for somebody to play cards with me or something because i'm getting kind of lonely in this big house. maybe a whole bunch of members of the house republican congress want to come over and socialize more. >> reporter: and if they don't -- >> remember, barack obama has over 50% public approval rating. congress is around 17% on a good day. so the blame here may not be on the president. he seems pretty well liked in the united states. >> he might become a party animal? >> that's right. >> look. in the words of a great old movie line, what we have here is a failure to co
the world will ask if the united states of america a safe bet. >> the republican house speaker john boehner responding immediately to the president's remarks issuing a statement that read "the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. the consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real, but so, too, are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved." joining us is amy kremer, chairwoman of the tea party express. thanks for coming in this morning. >> thanks for having me. >> safe bet you're against raising the debt ceiling without spending cuts. >> the problem is the spending cuts never come. the republicans find themselves in the situation all the time t happened with reagan and bush 41 and with the sequester, it's been put off for two months, the spending cuts never come and we cannot continue down this path with over $16 trillion in debt, and a deficit of $1.4 trillion to $1.6 trillion per year. we're spending $1.6 million per year than we're bringing in. >> you've accused the president
will be lying low getting out of town entirely. high-ranking republicans such as house speaker john boehner and majority leader erick kanter, who have ceremonial roles, will attend. as well representative paul ryan, who probably envisioned the inauguration much differently months ago when he was part of the republican presidential ticket. it is my obligation, ryan said at a republican retreat. a republican of tennessee, a member of the joined congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies said that it is about the peaceful transition or reaffirmation of power. this is the 57th time the the president of the u.s. has been sworn in, and it has always been done without a mall, without insurrection, without a coup. that is why, whether you voted for mitt romney or barack obama, americans will stop and watch the inauguration and celebrate tradition. even so, republicans will stay awake and will lead democrats revel in their absence. but if you are an elected leader, you have to be there, said a republican strategist. otherwise you would probably want to get out of town, three- day weekend and al
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